AgriLife Extension honors Floyd County staffer

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu

FLOYDADA – Donna Keaton, office manager for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Floyd County office, has been awarded a Superior Service Award, one of the highest recognitions within the agency.

Keaton, who was honored in the office support staff-county category, was honored for 14-plus years of dedication, honesty and dependability, according to her nomination.

“For the past 14 years, Donna Keaton has been the anchor for AgriLife Extension in Floyd County,” the nomination stated. “As the office manager, she battles the rough seas to make sure it is smooth sailing for agents, committee members, project participants and 4-H members. It is because of her diligence that effective programming can be carried out in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H and youth development.”

In his letter of support, retired Floyd County Judge William Hardin commended Keaton on her dedication to the people of Floyd County.

“I know of no one more deserving and dedicated to service than Donna,” Hardin said. “Soon after I became county judge, I realized what an important role the Extension Service played in our county through its services. Donna has been a very important part of that office. She is always willing to go the second mile and then some with a smile on her face, and she counted it a privilege to serve.”

Keaton’s former coworker, J.D. Ragland, now AgriLife Extension agent in Randall County, said Keaton has a great understanding of the total AgriLife Extension program.

“She has been a vital part of the successes of the agricultural opportunities offered to clientele,” Ragland said. “She has assisted with farm tours, cotton conferences, marketing club and ag committee meetings, reports, stock show entries and much more.

“I’ve always said that any great Extension program is led by a totally supportive staff that exemplifies that total team effort for every task. Donna certainly contributes to that total team effort approach and excels in every area. I’m proud to have worked with her during my 12 year-tenure as AgriLife Extension agent in Floyd County, but more importantly, I’ve been blessed to have her as a friend.”

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